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Fast-growing tech business SciLeads plans to double workforce

Belfast-based scientific software company SciLeads has unveiled plans to create up to 50 new jobs over the next two years after announcing its workforce has grown to a team of 50 as of this month.

Launched in Belfast in 2016 by friends Daniel McRitchie, Laura Haldane, and James Campbell, SciLeads is an innovative lead generation and market intelligence platform that helps scientific companies identify, engage and close their ideal buyers.

SciLeads has created the most comprehensive and accurate database of scientific researchers, helping sales and marketing teams quickly identify who needs their products for their research. The company placed 14th in the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, which ranks the fastest-growing technology companies based on revenue growth over a four-year period. The previous year, the business was the top-ranked Northern Ireland company on the list placing 11th, making this its second year in the top 20.

SciLeads began 2021 with 20 staff but having recruited across a number of roles it reached the milestone of 50 employees by the end of 2022. Now, with a strong pipeline of work, plans to launch new products, as well as further expansion into Asian markets, the company has projected that it will need to double its workforce to 100 by 2024 to manage the demand for its services.

Daniel McRitchie, CEO at SciLeads said: “We are at an exciting point in our journey where we are the industry leaders in our space but still have massive potential to grow further. We believe our exciting plans for 2023 will enable us to double our headcount again over the next 2 years. We are open to all options in assisting us with our plans, including taking on investment from the right partner.”

L-R: VP of Sales and Marketing Laura Haldane, CEO Daniel McRitchie, CTO James Campbell.

In the past year, SciLeads has successfully expanded its senior team with the appointment of a Senior Product Manager, Head of People and Culture, and Head of New Business, and is currently recruiting for a range of sales and software development roles.

SciLeads is trusted by hundreds of scientific companies globally to accelerate sales and drive growth. 93% of its customer base is outside of the UK with its software currently used globally by Fortune 500 companies right down to the smallest start-ups.

Laura Haldane, co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing at SciLeads added: “Finding talent in today’s market is definitely a challenge, particularly on the technical side. However, our remote first working has helped us to overcome this by hiring anywhere in the world, as well as being flexible with our current staff. We recently had a member of the team ask if they could move to Australia and work for SciLeads there and of course, we said yes.

“When we started out, we knew we wanted to create a company with a truly flexible culture and work-life balance. We have been working remotely since 2016, encouraging staff to get outside, walk the dog, go to the gym and see the sunshine. As we scale, we are adamant about maintaining this.”

SciLeads has seen the benefits of flexible working with all roles fully remote, along with flexible hours and holidays to ensure people can make their schedule work for them. The company gives each SciLeader £750 every two years so they can make their home office exactly how they want it.

The majority of the SciLeads team are based in Northern Ireland and Canada.

SciLeads continue to be on the lookout for talented Sales, Data, Product, and Software professionals. More information can be found at

About SciLeads

Launched in 2016, SciLeads is trusted by hundreds of scientific companies globally to accelerate sales and drive growth. Containing the world’s most accurate and comprehensive database of research scientists, SciLeads enables sales and marketing teams to identify, engage and qualify their ideal prospects. Its aim is to help companies make lead generation and market research simpler, more streamlined, and more efficient.